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Coke for breakfast?

A friend of mine, who happens to be American, recently casually let slip that her morning beverage of choice is a glass of coke. I will admit to being completely surprised, in fact at first I thought she was joking. But no, she said she has always done it.

Personally I can't imagine drinking something cold, sweet and fizzy first thing in the morning, but if others want to then I'll leave them to it! It got me wondering whether this is common. Is it a habit associated with a particular area of America? Is only coke acceptable or can any carbonated drink be consumed?

I am very curious and would love to hear other people's carbonated breakfast confessions - bucks fizz, mimosa and other brunch cocktails need not be mentioned as I have heard of them! (Plus they are not exactly daily breakfast fare...well, for most people!)

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  1. Fairly common for people who don't drink coffee and still want caffeine in the morning. We drink a TON of soda in America, Im sure it plays a large part in the spread of obesity and diabetes.

    1. my mom has had a Coke for breakfast as long as I can remember (she's 100 lbs soaking wet, by the way) -- her view is that it's caffeine, sugar, and acid first thing in the morning and that other than temperature it's no different than coffee....which tends to shut people up quickly. (she's in great shape, so obesity/diabetes is a non-issue for her)

      It's not a regional thing -- and not common, but not unusual.

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      1. re: sunshine842

        Whoa! It's a LOT different than coffee! Check out the sodium content!

        1. re: judiannehresman

          according to cocacola.com, a 20-ounce bottle has 75g of sodium -- 3% of the RDA for a normal adult. *shrug*

          I've never seen her finish off a 20-ounce bottle in an entire *day* -- so 1-2% isn't really a big deal.

      2. Its 6:10am, still dark outside, and I'm enjoying a glass of diet pepsi.
        Coke had been my soft drink of choice for many years (including for breakfast), but I switched to diet pepsi quite some time ago.
        I don't see why so many people find this odd (the drink, not the switch). Then again, I never drank a cup of coffee in my life - people might think this odd as well.

        I live in Canada.
        Although I'm guessing the US might lead the way on soda consumption per capita, I don't think they are the leaders on soda for breakfast. On my various trips to Mexico, and less often to Latin America, ice cold soda (in glass bottles and made with cane sugar I might add) are always on offer at the breakfast carts in the street. No one blinks an eye when ordering una coca at 7:30am (or fanta or sprite). Not only that, you'd be joining the majority of the patrons at the cart. I'm thinking everyone standing around the cart with a fist full of torta or taco, from hardened labourer to guy with suit-and-tie to dumbass traveller, can't imagine drinking something hot, tart, and flat first thing in the morning.

        1. I don't usually drink Coke, but I have to confess that when I was pregnant with my second child, I craved it for a few months at breakfast. It settled my stomach and gave me a bit of caffeine when I couldn't bring myself to drink coffee.

          1. Not unusual at all. I have a diet coke in the morning, usually when I get to work which is pretty early. I know lots of people, including myself that hate coffee. Love the smell of coffee, can't stand the taste no matter how much cream and sugar you use.

            ETA: when I drink something warm/hot, my mind goes into "comfy mode" with the thought of jammies and going to sleep. Drinking something cold wakes me up.

            1. I'm an every morning coffee drinker, but every so often, I will fancy something cold, fizzy, and refreshing when I wake up.

              This tends to be after a night of alcohol consumption!
              .....Or if I just happen to be really thirsty.

              A Coke or Diet Coke really hits the spot on those occasions!

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              1. re: NellyNel

                Since I posted this last year, I have aquired a nasty Diet soda addiction..
                I was an occaisional soda drinker all my life..maybe once evey six months type of thing, but one day I got a diet Dr. Pepper from the vending maching, and a once a day habit was born.

                Now, with the warmer weather, I am craving it in the mornings more and more....

                I am currently trying to break this habit, as I know all this soda and sodium, and artificial sweetner can not be good for me, but having read through this post - I am absolutely craving one right now!

                ..And apparently, I have no self control!
                **Burp**

              2. I'm a black coffee drinker (cold in the summer, warm in the winter) but I've had coke (diet) on occasion when on road trips early AM. The fizzy acidic taste is a good wake up device.

                I lived with someone in college who had fruit loops with coke for breakfast every morning. Mixed together, not separate. That never appealed to me.

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                1. re: tcamp

                  tcamp I am so laughing! We had a similar guy on campus, he did Pepsi on Coco Puffs every morning. He was also the school pot dealer so he usually started this morning ritual with a coupla tokes of Acupulco Gold before diving into those cola drenched Coco Puffs, and then off to class. Ah, higher learning!

                  1. re: ski_gpsy

                    I knew a guy in college who swore by plain Cheerios in beer (cheap beer at that).

                    Ugh, I can barely even type that without grimacing.

                2. Thanks for the replies guys, it's not something I've ever come across before so I was really surprised.

                  A lot of people here are mentioning that it's an alternative caffeine boost for those who don't like coffee. I should have thought of that, but the whole caffeine-in-the-morning thing totally slipped my mind as I do not drink coffee and I am not dependent on tea in the morning either. My morning beverage of choice that I like to have first thing is either a cup of herbal tea (usually tulsi or ginger) or a cup of warm water if that's not available. Of course, I have chai later as that's how things work around here, but I don't feel like I have to have it and often don't.

                  So since caffeine is an issue here does that mean that non-caffeinated fizzy drinks such as 7up would be less common?

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                  1. re: Muchlove

                    I'm guessing so. Except for maybe people who drink the "fruity" soft drinks as a substitute for juice in the morning? I'll drink ginger ale in the morning if I'm not feeling well.

                    1. re: Muchlove

                      I've never seen anyone drinking a non-carbonated soda in the morning.

                      (Ginger ale and 7-Up when unwell don't really count, as the "when unwell" is an extenuating circumstance)

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        you mean 'non-caffeinated', no? non-carbonated soda would suck.

                        1. re: linguafood

                          whoops. Yep, I meant non-caffeinated.

                          (non-carbonated is another one for the "when unwell" crowd. Yuck.)

                      2. re: Muchlove

                        I will confess to drinking ginger ale or seven-up in the morning after a night of heavy drinking back in the day. Even plain soda water seemed to help.

                        1. re: Muchlove

                          I agree with the other respnses to this one... If i'm drinking soda in the morning, it's because I want cold caffeine, so it's diet Pepsi, diet Coke, or Coke Zero. If I don't want the caffeine, but I want something cold (which happens often in the summer) I go for water or juice. I can't imagine grabbing a Sprite or 7-up in the morning, unless I didn't feel well.

                          And if I wake up with the "Chardonnay flu" as my boss calls it, then I'm usually grabbing for the Gatorade.

                        2. I used to drink a diet pepsi in the morning for years and years. Then I figured out if I stopped, my problem with acid indegestion would stop, duh. I get my morning boost now from a big glass of iced tea, as I'm not a coffee fan.

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                          1. re: alliegator

                            I've known quite a few women who have a diet pepsi/coke or diet mtn dew habit, and they've always been very loyal to their brand. I've never known anyone to drink a regular or non-caffeinated soda in the morning.

                            1. re: cookingofjoy

                              Diet pepsi is really the only cola that doesn't taste too sweet to me. The caffieine is in there, but I don't really need it. For me at least it was just habit. I think maybe the carbonation made me feel full during times when I was in school or whatever and had bad breakfast eating habits. If I tried to skip breakfast now, I'd probably rip somebody's face off by 10 am :D

                            2. re: alliegator

                              I have unsweetened iced tea in the mornings most of the time in the summer - just switched to hot with that chill in the air. Not a coffee fan.

                            3. Before I was able to drink coffee in the morning I usually started the day with glass of coke, as I got older a bottle of diet coke or a Mountain Dew. Like others said I liked the sugar and caffeine and drank soda because my empty stomach couldn't handle coffee or tea. I agree with the poster that cold and fizzy makes more sense as a wake up than hot and flat. But now that I'm older I stopped drinking soda because the fizzy upsets my stomach. Thankfully black coffee is ok.

                              1. One of my co-workers, a recent US immigrant from the UK, has a coke every morning along with a Twix.

                                1. hot breakfast (if i even eat breakfast...which is rarely)-- yes i have a coke...

                                  cold breakfast --like cereal--- no

                                  dont drink coffee at all...

                                  only other beverage would maybe apple or orange juice

                                  1. I always had a Diet Pepsi in the morning - much easier to handle in the car than hot coffee on the way to work. These days, however, I'm a (sugar free) Monster girl. I love the mega dose of B vitamins and energy. I've just discovered a Korean energy drink (Bacchus) which so far I like for about half the price.

                                    1. its 8:16 a.m. and I'm drinking a diet coke before I drink my cup of black coffee. I know lots of people who drink diet Coke in the a.m. I'm in So California. I have a friend who jokes about slamming an icy cold diet Coke 1st thing in the a.m.

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                                      1. re: laliz

                                        ... I can't stand new coke. it's icky

                                        1. re: Chowrin

                                          I never stray from Diet Coke. Never. I HATE and abhor Coke Zero.

                                      2. A morning Coca-Cola (in a glass bottle) is one of my top ten food/beverage pleasures. Coffee could disappear from the planet tomorrow and I wouldn't care but Coca-Cola is a different story. I don't drink a lot of Coke but when I do, I enjoy it very much.

                                        The combination of the sugar, caffeienne and carbonation appeals to me. This is going to sound odd but I enjoy the way I need to sort of choke it down.

                                        I also enjoy mimosas (on vacation, not part of my real life) and oj mixed with club soda. I like carbonated beverages in general.

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                                        1. re: cleobeach

                                          Diet Coke in a bottle, the only way to go for me. I very seldom drink from an aluminum can.

                                        2. I burst out laughing when I saw this thread. At this moment I have a wonderful crew of half a dozen strapping young Polish men doing some construction work in my home. Every morning they show up with energy and good cheer, offering to share with me the breakfast they bring with them---Punchki's (enormous cream-and-jam-filled Polish doughnuts) and Coca-Cola. (I decline with thanks but, God bless them, they do wonderful work on such a diet......).

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                                          1. re: Querencia

                                            Reminds me of a friend telling me of outdoor laborers he knew in South Carolina. The lunch they brought daily was Pepsi and MoonPies.

                                            1. re: BangorDin

                                              Pepsi? the song refers to RC Cola (ad a Moon Pie.)

                                          2. Oooh, this is about the beverage. Misunderstood.

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                                            1. re: Aramek

                                              I misread it as "cake for b'fast," and was about to say, of course. Maybe cake and coke (the drink) would be a good choice, too?

                                              1. re: pine time

                                                see my post down near the bottom of the thread....

                                                1. re: pine time

                                                  There is a thread with that title courtesy of yours truly.

                                              2. My future son in law is from San Antonio and he occasionally brings a soda up from there called Big Red… it’s a super sweet, shockingly red colored soda that tastes … well like a combination of cotton candy, bubble gum and cream soda. He said that’s the morning drink of choice when having a big breakfast. The sweet/bubbliness cuts through the heavy flavors of dishes like chorizo and eggs and it has caffeine so you get your jolt.

                                                My youngest daughter LOVED it the first time she tasted it and it was really hard for me to break down and give her the OK to have a can of soda with breakfast, but he made such an awesome breakfast spread of San Antonian fare, that I felt her “Garcia-family Sunday Morning experience” wouldn’t be complete unless I let her have the soda.

                                                1. A lot of people do it here too (midwest) and I just don't get it at all. To me it's like having candy for breakfast (or imitation candy, in the case of diet).

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                                                  1. re: rockandroller1

                                                    Mmm, nothing like a peanut M&Ms or a Twix in the morning washed down by Mountain Dew. Yes, that was my breakfast for awhile.

                                                    1. re: rockandroller1

                                                      "To me it's like having candy for breakfast" - you say it like its a bad thing ;-/)

                                                      1. re: rockandroller1

                                                        How do you feel about donuts for breakfast? What about pancakes with syrup or waffles with whipped cream and cherry sauce?

                                                        Argh! I hate when I don't notice that a thread is 9 months old. Sorry.

                                                        1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                                                          That's ok, I'm still around :0

                                                          I feel pretty gross about it, mostly. I get doughnuts for breakfast once a year on my birthday, and that's the only time I eat them all year. I never eat pancakes or waffles. Maybe like once a year on those. I cannot tolerate sweet things in the morning at all. That being said, the harsh sweetness of a soda, or even worse, a diet soda, is way more sweet to my palate than, say, a banana (which I can and sometimes do have at breakfast). It's not a gloppy, syrupy sweet and all those bubbles would give me bad gas in the morning when my stomach is just waking up. It's just not for me in any way.

                                                      2. I hate coffee. In middle school I would occasionally have a glass of diet coke with breakfast if I need an extra jolt in the morning. Some time in high school it became routine. I drink one can of DC with breakfast, and a second with lunch. Otherwise I only drink water and tea.

                                                        I vividly remember when I learned it was "OK" to drink soft drink for breakfast. I was staying with my grandparents, and they were hosting a family friend who was in town to serve as grand marshal of the annual small town festival parade (he also happened to be a member of Congress, but to me he was just my grandfather's best friend). We all sat down for breakfast and the friend asked my grandmother if there was any diet pepsi.

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                                                        1. re: mpjmph

                                                          I used to work with a Mormon man and he would stop every morning at 7-11 and get the largest coke they have(like 46 oz. or something ridiculous like that)and bring it to work.. He did that because he was Mormon and wasn't supposed to drink coffee. Hello, coke has caffein!

                                                          1. re: Rheta

                                                            I wondered when the Mormon thing would hit this topic as soon as I read the title. I live in SLC, am not Mormon and have no plans to convert but this is my understanding of the Coke vs. caffeine thing. The Coke bottler/distributor in our area is owned either by the LDS church (the for-profit arm) or has a very large Mormon presence in the company. Once that occured, it became "okay" to drink Coke, with or without caffeine, because doing so supports LDS, in one way or another. But interestingly, when on missions, members are instructed to not drink it in public because of "outsiders" not understanding the change or difference. Whether this was ever approved by the council or whatever, I have no clue. Just a bit of secular knowledge gleened from some LDS friends. Not that it clears much up.

                                                        2. I worked at a deli back in the 90's and was amazed at how many people came in for a can or bottle of full on Coca-Cola for their caffeine fix instead of coffee. Some people get a bigger charge out of it, and/or just don't like coffee. As well, Coca Cola doesn't hit the stomach quite as hard as coffee can. To each his/her own. I've been known to take a belt when I wanted something cold first thing in the a.m. but I prefer coffee for caffeine. Pepsi was a close second seller.

                                                          I have a friend staying with me right now that does the Coke in the morning thing, has for years, and then continues it all day. That's her issue, I don't get invoked in nutritional discussions with her and all the sugar in her diet, she's a big girl, and she seems to need the frequent caffeine jolt throughout the day just to be able to breath.

                                                          1. Have you seen the movie "Where's poppa?" George Segal prepares his mother's (Ruth Gordon) breakfast of dry cereal and Coca Cola. Great scene.

                                                            1. I always have a nice cold Coke in the morning. Then I put the coffee on to follow up with a nice strong cup of black coffee. I'm not a big fan of mornings, so I guess I need multiple caffeine delivery systems. (US-Mid-Atlantic).

                                                              And as others have noted, it is not at all unusual to see as many coworkers with soda in the morning as those with coffee or tea,

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                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                I also need multiple caffeine delivery systems, altho my routine now is reverse of yours. a big cup of coffee at home, then a diet coke when I get to work.

                                                                before I drank coffee, a caffeinated soda was my caffeine source, morning noon or night. :) I remember a good friend coming to wake me up when I crashed at her apartment with a huge glass of pepsi on ice... I'm notoriously grumpy w/o a jolt to wake me up!

                                                              2. Coke has been my morning beverage of choice since about middle school. I just really really don't like hot beverages in the morning, and I'm one of those people who can't really eat much until I've been vertical for a few hours so the combination of caffeine and sugar keeps me going until my stomach feels up to eating something substantial.

                                                                1. According to a local (Canadian) radio station, 40% of adults say they have pop for breakfast.

                                                                  As others have said, I've found that non-coffee drinkers use it as a caffeine substitute.

                                                                  1. I wasn't surprised to read that a lot of people drink coke (or soda) for breakfast because I've seen it for myself, but I was surprised that nobody had the same reason as I do for it -- it settles my stomach which is always delicate in the morning. A cold coke (never diet!) sipped slowly first thing in the morning makes my stomach feel so much better.

                                                                    1. I cannot start my day without a Diet Coke. I just can't. I don't eat breakfast, but I MUST have my diet Coke. So much so that my gorgeous little boy, who happens to be an early riser (unlike me!), has taken to leaving me a can of Diet Coke on my bedside table before I wake up. It was at that moment I couldn't decide if I was a good or bad parent, but I can't fault his beautiful way of always thinking of others :)

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                                                                      1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                        that's a very kind little guy you are raising! :)

                                                                      2. Yes. Just about every day.

                                                                        A Diet Coke (or Coke Zero) to be exact.

                                                                        Then chased with a couple of cups of coffee.

                                                                        Doesn't everyone do this?

                                                                        1. Yes, absolutely love Coke for breakfast, and two or three is even better, often consumed while I eat cheetoes. Disgusting, I know. My pathetic excuse for this crap is that I have to set a good example for my daughter at home so I don't have the stuff in the house and drink it at work.

                                                                          It used to be Coke Zero but I am slightly underweight so I'll take the calories. Same reason as mentioned above....caffeine and sugar jolt to get the day going. I love coffee, but it is too acidic for my stomach and Coke usually is fine.

                                                                          1. On honeymoon in 1970 and alway drank coke for b-fast. We were in Bermuda at The Elbow Beach Hotel. I don't know what it's like now but back then it was VERY formal. You went in for breakfast dressed (no beach coverups, etc.) and a napkin was whisked onto your lap and you were asked "what would madame like to drink". I, of course, asked for a coke. They said there would be a short delay. Found out later that they had never had this request before and the bar was locked up tight so.....they had one of the busboys go home and get some coke from his fridge. Needless to say, there was always coke available - with a flourish lol!!

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                                                                            1. re: Linda VH

                                                                              Great story!
                                                                              I don't know whats more interesting - the kid getting a coke outta his fridge, or the bar being locked up tight!
                                                                              We were in Cancun in 1989 and this one place advertised "Breakfast $1.99USD". So we stopped in and had an American style breakast (eggs/toast/bacon/potatoes). The wife (actually girlfriend at the time) was drinking coffee and I ordered a coke. We had been partying the night before, so being dehydrated, I ordered another coke, and even a third to wash down the food. Got the bill (it was in Pesos and USD): 2 breakfast - $3.98, 3 cokes - $9.00, service - $2.00, total - $14.98. Thinking there was a mistake ($9 for 3 cokes?!), I asked the waiter. But no, that was the price.....
                                                                              I was pissed off, but whattyagonnado. Live and learn 8-/)

                                                                            2. I used to work with a girl that used to have a Diet Coke and a banana for breakfast. I just can't even imagine the taste of that combo.

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                                                                              1. re: gmm

                                                                                my best friend had a baloney sandwich on white bread and a glass of iced tea for breakfast for YEARS.

                                                                                I won't eat baloney, so I never understood it...but she's still alive, so it must not have been too bad for her.

                                                                                1. re: gmm

                                                                                  Diet Coke goes with everything. I too usually have it with a banana and if I'm having a big breakfast I also throw in a key lime nonfat yogurt. Breakfast of Champions! :>)

                                                                                2. I've seen people do it and I'm certainly not judgmental about it.

                                                                                  But personally the concept is still odd. I grew up with the strict rule that you couldn't have certain types of food before 11:30 AM (the earliest possible lunch time) and that included sodas. Other forbidden items were cookies, iced cakes, potato chips and anything that fell into the category of junk food or sweets.

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                                                                                    1. re: srsone

                                                                                      My mom routinely quotes that performance. To expand on it, what's the difference between potato chips and hash browns? Cookies and sweetened cereal? icing and syrup? They're all things that are OK on occasion, what difference does it make if that occasion is AM or PM?

                                                                                      1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                        i agree...i eat whatever food i want regardless of what time it is...
                                                                                        which is why i would like more places that serve breakfast all the time..
                                                                                        even fast food...
                                                                                        sometimes an egg mcmuffin in the afternoon would be good..

                                                                                        and a coke...

                                                                                        1. re: srsone

                                                                                          I feel theres quite a few places advertising "breakfast all day". I would like more places that serve lunch all the time - try to find a burger or hotdog at 7:00am (washed down with a coke, of course).

                                                                                          1. re: porker

                                                                                            yeah...thats one of the reasons i still go to Perkins once in a while..
                                                                                            full menu all the time...

                                                                                      2. re: srsone

                                                                                        "Dad is great... gives us the chocolate cake" :-D

                                                                                        1. re: srsone

                                                                                          LOL. When I got to college, I'd sometimes bake myself a cake, ice it, and then have a slice of it every morning for breakfast that week, washed down with Mountain Dew. My own personal middle finger to my parents - pot would have probably been better for that, and healthier.

                                                                                          1. re: Heatherb

                                                                                            For me, it was Lucky Charms for breakfast, tater tots for lunch, and dessert with dinner every night in the dining hall. And somehow I managed to lose 10 pounds my freshman year.

                                                                                        2. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                          I never understood that type of rule, just sayin'

                                                                                          I grew up with it too.

                                                                                          1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                            But personally the concept is still odd. I grew up with the strict rule that you couldn't have certain types of food before 11:30 AM (the earliest possible lunch time) and that included sodas. Other forbidden items were cookies, iced cakes, potato chips and anything that fell into the category of junk food or sweets.
                                                                                            __________________________

                                                                                            Speaking of "odd" concepts ...

                                                                                            1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                              Now you are not a child, and you make the rules. Go forth and rule.

                                                                                            2. My college roomate 40 years ago used to quickly down a 7oz bottle of CocaCola every morning. The caffeine gave him a lift, the sugar gave him a rush, and the intense carbonation on the palate (and going down) woke up his body.
                                                                                              I thought it odd...but by the end of the semester, I was doing it too (especially after a night of hard partying).

                                                                                              Ahhhh....youth....

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                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                A measly 7oz? Thats less than a cup. Hehe.

                                                                                              2. I don't drink coffee but I can't function without my morning Dr Pepper.

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                                                                                                1. re: mljones99

                                                                                                  Funny you should mention that, the girlfriend of a high school pal would have Dr. Pepper and Beer Nuts for breakfast with her parents. Apparently both parents were huge alkies and couldn't function without soda and sugared/salted nuts for breakfast.

                                                                                                  1. re: mljones99

                                                                                                    I am absolutely shocked that I had to get to the end of this thread to see someone mention Dr. Pepper. Growing up in the US Northeast, I thought that soda with breakfast, and Dr. Pepper specifically, was one of those things only Southerners did, and even then it was mostly legend--like chicken-fried steak or Jell-O salad (yes, those things were all equally foreign to me growing up). Though to be fair, our family only bought soda if there was a party; it definitely was not an every day food. Now I consider soda to be (very rarely) a mixer for liquor or a substitute for Pepto.

                                                                                                    And after living in the South for well over a decade, I'm still extremely surprised by the number of people who have soda for breakfast--many of whom are not in the southern US, I would assume. Not that I think it's wrong; it just never occurred to me that anyone over the age of 22 or so would want soda in the morning--unless it was to combat nausea, as a few have suggested.

                                                                                                  2. I'm surprised by how many people have soda for breakfast. Not completely surprised, because my boyfriend drinks diet coke in the morning, but I always thought it was weird. This post reminds me of a conversation I had with a number of friends, during which many of the men revealed that they sometimes drank beer while in the shower. I think that's a bit weirder though.

                                                                                                    I think I'm the opposite, as I can't start my day without coffee, and I often end up having coffee with lunch. Different strokes, I guess.

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                                                                                                    1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                      Never did the beer thing in the shower, but male friends in college did that. I'd recommend vodka straight out of the freezer in a hot shower. Nice contrast with the icy and hot.

                                                                                                      1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                        I used to smoke in the shower. No beer, tho. Good times....

                                                                                                        1. re: caseyjo

                                                                                                          One of the greatest beers can often be the shower beer.

                                                                                                          1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                            Shower beers were standard in college.

                                                                                                        2. Diet Coke is my drink of choice any day any time and every morning I've got it by my side as I drive to work at 6:30 AM. I prefer my caffeine cold and carbonated. Coffee is swill. I can't even stand the smell of it, including all that early morning office coffee breath. As far as sweet goes, I know many people who load their coffee with nauseating flavored creamers or guzzle giant calorie laden designer mocha, frappa whatever coffee bombs with a side of doughnuts! But hey, to each his/her own.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Island

                                                                                                            Those flavored creamers and "coffee drinks" are completely awful, aren't they? And it seems like every year, I see a magazine article telling people that those drinks contain all the calories you need for a day, and people are shocked ("but I used fat-free milk")!

                                                                                                            The worst thing is the powered non-dairy creamers, which my dad calls reconstituted cardboard. Just a splash of real cream is all I need (I can't stand sweetened coffee).

                                                                                                          2. Ice cold regular coke cures hangovers! I dont drink soda often, but sometimes when its really hot in the summer I will have a coke in the am. Maybe once a year.

                                                                                                            1. Reminds me of the scene in "Where's Poppa" when George Segal prepares his mother Ruth Gordon's breakfast of Rice Crispies and Coca Cola. Funny movie.

                                                                                                              1. I used to drink Coke at breakfast, as I do not drink coffee, hence, the Real Thing was my caffiene rush. I also used to dump it in my bourbon. Then the doc said, you have diabetes. So, out with the Coke, except for very rarely, off with the fifty excess pounds of lard, and voila! no more diabetes. Actually a bit of hypoglycemia, which I treat by trying to remember to eat.

                                                                                                                1. When I had some work done in my house last year, the plumbers, carpenters, and electricians, all Polish recent arrivals to the US, always brought their breakfast with them---a big bag of paczis (gigantic Polish jelly doughnuts) and quart-size cups of Coke. So Coke for breakfast may not be just an American thing. Or a young thing, as I would have thought---I have a neighbor who is seventy and who doesn't like hot drinks and has Coke for breakfast. Sounds disgusting.

                                                                                                                  1. Diet rite. I know...it's getting harder and harder to find. But to me it tastes great and has not calories, caffeine, or sodium.

                                                                                                                    1. Add me to the "Coke for Breakfast" group - albeit "Diet Coke".

                                                                                                                      Mostly in the spring/summer here, since it's so darn hot. In the fall/winter, I'll have my usual one cup of coffee.

                                                                                                                      1. Diet Pepsi in the morning for me, too. Just one. I never acquired a taste for coffee, and I hate tea out of anything but a china cup, so I went to diet pepsi when I was on the road for work, and it stuck.

                                                                                                                        1. Somewhat off topic, but i have a coworker who doesn't do well without a girlfriend, or so I have gathered, because when he's without he usually comes in with an AM/PM hot dog for breakfast. When he has somebody to love he doesn't do that. He drinks gobs of sodas all day every day, however, girlfriend or no.

                                                                                                                          1. From about the time I could drive until my late 20's I would have a Diet Coke first thing in the morning, every morning. And I would drink it regularly throughout the day. A six pack of Diet Coke per day back then would probably be underestimating my consumption.

                                                                                                                            Occasionally, I'll still have a Diet Coke in the morning, but that only occurs rarely. Now, I probably have less than a can a day, most often with dinner or after dinner.

                                                                                                                            Mostly, I drink water. But on cold mornings and mornings I just need that extra jump I will get myself a cup of black coffee or tea.

                                                                                                                            1. I do
                                                                                                                              Dr pepper , mountain dew or coke nomaly
                                                                                                                              Vacation mornings..mimosa, salty dog
                                                                                                                              Or bloody mary

                                                                                                                              1. My dear mother, god rest her soul, drank a coke for breakfast for 90 years. I think one reason for
                                                                                                                                her longevity was the fact that we were not allowed to speak to her before she finished.

                                                                                                                                1. I used to drink Coke but now have changed to Diet Coke and that is all I drink, morning, noon & night as I enjoy the fresh taste.

                                                                                                                                  1. Does anyone else remember the Commercial with the jingle "I'll have a coke in the moooorning"? I looked for it on youtube, but couldn't find it.

                                                                                                                                    And yes, when I was in college, I'd stop at the 7-11 and get a large diet coke (from the fountain) for the drive to school every morning. Now I can't stand the stuff.

                                                                                                                                    1. I'm surprised to see so many posts of people who drink cola/diet cola for breakfast or know others who do so. I only know of one person who drinks diet coke in the mornings, a co-worker who is from Wisconsin. I was born and raised in NorCal, have lived in Seattle and Vermont, and now back in the northwest (Oregon). I will admit that I've eaten some items for breakfast that would appall my parents (ice cream, cookies, cake, other non-breakfasty sweets), but I don't remember ever drinking coke or other soda first thing in the morning.

                                                                                                                                      I don't have a daily dose of caffeine, though I'll drink coffee, tea, or soda occasionally at other times in the day -- mostly because I'm in the mood and want the temperature or flavor, not for a caffeine boost.